Country stars will be making national media appearances this weekend to celebrate the 4th of July holiday, here’s where to catch them.
Reba McEntire is headlining A Capitol Fourth, being broadcast live from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol, to mark the country’s 234th birthday. Also on the bill are Darius Rucker, Gladys Knight, David Archuleta and more with the National Symphony Orchestra. Airs live in HD on PBS Sunday, July 4, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET. As part of the program, Reba will be presented with the National Artistic Achievement Award. This is only the fourth time the award has been presented, with other iconic recipients including composer John Williams, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, and Stevie Wonder.
Toby Keith will join the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra for the city’s 37th annual Fourth of July celebration broadcast on CBS. The network’s Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson will return as emcee.
At home in Nashville, Trace Adkins, Julianne Hough and Jaci Velasquez will perform at the “Let Freedom Sing!” event downtown. The NowPlayingNashville.com stage will present Jordyn Shellhart, Calico Trail, Damien Horne and Jessie James. Also, Hough will play a free concert on July 3. Details here.
LeAnn Rimes will be in New York to play the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, airing on NBC Sunday, July 4 at 9/8c. Nick Cannon and Alison Sweeney will host, with other musical guests including Justin Bieber and Enrique Iglesias, as well as appearances from the cast of Twilight-Eclipse.
Willie Nelson’s Annual 4th of July Picnic in Austin has lined-up performances by Jack Ingram, Jamey Johnson, Randy Rogers Band, Kris Kristofferson, Kevin Fowler and, of course, Willie himself. The show starts at noon Sunday and will air live on Sirius XM’s Willie’s Place.
Vince Gill will be in Los Angeles wrapping his three-day run at the famed Hollywood Bowl.